Highlights

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Cancer Research UK, Royal Society and Women Fellows

I’m fortunate to have been appointed as Wikipedian in Residence at Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the world’s largest cancer research charity, funding over 4,000 research staff working on cancer. The role will run until mid-December 2014 and is funded by Wellcome Trust, a large UK medical research charitable foundation. I’ll be based at CRUK’s London headquarters, the Angel Building in Islington, working there four days a week. Alongside this, until early July I will also be continuing my six month term, on a one day a week basis, in the same role at the Royal Society, the UK’s National Academy of Science.

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Luganda Wikipedia project

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to write articles in one of Wikipedia’s least represented languages? Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to combine sustainable development, village and school development and mobile learning with Wikipedia in a developing country? Well, here’s my experience doing just that!

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Happy Birthday, Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki

I’m convinced that Ward Cunningham will go down in history as one of the greatest programmers of all time. He invented the wiki, based on an offline HyperCard system that he had developed to track ideas as they flowed through his company.

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Wikipedia Zero will accelerate Wikipedia in Nepal

On May 6th mobile operator NCELL announced the launch of Wikipedia Zero in Nepal. Wikipedia Zero is expected to be a very useful service in Nepal, where over 90% of internet users access the internet using their mobile phones. The service will provide Nepalese users in very remote areas access to Wikipedia – free of cost. The local Wikipedia community, Wikipedia Education Program leaders, Wiki Poject Med and all volunteer contributors are excited by the news.

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Donating His Estate to the Wikimedia Foundation: The Story of Jim Pacha

As he reflected on his life in a video interview with the Wikimedia Foundation on April 29, Jim Pacha beamed and smiled a lot. During the talk, Pacha was reminded of all the remarkable things that happened to him, including highlights in learning and career advancement. Pacha became a senior software engineer at a prestigious aerospace company, even though he never graduated from college. He entered his profession at one of its lowest ranks and through the years mastered the necessary skills through study and hard work.

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Wikimedia Foundation selects CyrusOne in Dallas as new data center

In October 2013, we launched a public request for proposals regarding a new data center location in the continental US for co-locating Wikimedia infrastructure. We’ve now concluded this process and selected the CyrusOne facility in Dallas/Carrollton. Wikimedia’s primary data center is in Ashburn, Virginia, and we’ve been preparing to end…

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Wikimedia Highlights, March 2014

For versions in other languages, please check the wiki version of this report, or add your own translation there! Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for March 2014, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement Contents 1 Wikimedia Foundation highlights 1.1…

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Wikimedia Foundation Report, March 2014

You are more than welcome to edit the wiki version of this report for the purposes of usefulness, presentation, etc., and to add translations of the “Highlights” excerpts.   Video of the monthly Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting covering the month of March (April 3, 2014) Contents 1 Data…

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The sixteen-wheeled Wikipedia machine

This profile is part of a series about Offline Wikipedia The Spokes team, just before setting off from California. For most people, a cross-country bike ride sounds like a daunting prospect, but for Ethan Sherbondy, a computer science senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it was a welcomed challenge. Last…

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Wikimedia Highlights, February 2014

For versions in other languages, please check the wiki version of this report, or add your own translation there! Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for February 2014, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement Contents 1 Wikimedia Foundation highlights 1.1…

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